The David City boys basketball team picked apart Superior in the first round of the Southern Nebraska conference tournament Jan. 29 in David City. The Scouts rolled to a 67-37 win, thanks to huge offensive nights by Will Danielson and Luis Salazar.
“I felt really good about what we did offensively tonight,” David City coach Cole Carraher said. “We've struggled in the half court against zones lately, and for Luis Salazar to bounce back and hit a few threes after a couple games where he hadn't been hitting from outside was huge for us. It was nice to have that balance with Will Danielson getting it done inside, and Salazar outside.”
In the opening minutes Superior took its only lead of the game at 2-0 with Adam Baker’s layup.
Nick Ruth battled on the inside for a rebound and put back to knot the game back up. Will Danielson’s jumper from the free throw line gave David City its first lead at 4-2.
Two baskets in a row by Colin Vandenberg put the Scouts up 10-2.
The Wildcats got their offense going, with a driving layup by Baker. Trenton Theis’s two baskets on back-to-back possessions cut the lead to six.
At the end of the first quarter David City led 16-12.
The Scouts wore down the Wildcats with their press in transition, and as a result caused plenty of turnovers that led to points.
David City outscored Superior 22-8 in the second quarter to take a whopping 38-20 lead into halftime. The Scouts were paced by Salazar’s 15 points and Danielson’s 1.
Danielson picked up where he left off with a layup to open the second half. A turnover by Superior led to a Vandenberg layup in transition to make it 42-20.
Three straight baskets by Josh Seibert, Salazar, and Danielson gave David City its biggest lead at 48-20.
The Scouts got production off their bench with three pointers by Hunter Behrns, Cavan Navrkal, and Brock Tiemeyer in an all-around impressive victory.
“If we can keep that balanced scoring moving forward, and with Josh Seibert, Nick Ruth and Colin Vandenberg being capable double figure scorers on any given night, we could be a tough team to beat,” Carraher said.
Danielson scored a game high 20 points, followed by Salazar with 18.
The Wildcats were led by Baker with 9 points and Zeke Meyer with 8 points.
The Scouts moved on to play at Sutton (11-6) Jan.30. The Mustangs defeated David City 63-48 earlier this season.
January 30 at David City
David City (8-9)- 16 22 15 14-67
Superior (3-15)- 12 8 6 10- 36
Scoring-David City: Danielson 20, Salazar 18, Ruth 6, Vandenberg 5, Behrns 4, Navrkl 3, Tiemeyer 3, Kirby 2, Seibert 2
Superior: Baker 9, Meyer 8, Healey 5, Blackstone 4, Whitmore 3, Leibel 3, Theis 2, Dressman 1, Mohler 1